Archive for September, 2008

10 Critical Steps to Writing a Business Plan


By Jay Maharjan
Starting a business is a major commitment that will consume 24/7 of your life with no end in sight. It is always good to know what you are getting into before you take the plunge. From my experience writing business plans for large and small companies alike for the last 8 years, there [...]

The art of survival


Guy Kawasaki has posted an appropriate interview with Jerry White, the co-founder of Survivor Corp  on his blog.

Here is an excerpt:
Jerry White is the co-founder of Survivor Corps (formerly Landmine Survivors Newwork). His changed in 1984 when he lost his leg in a landmine explosion while visiting Israel. After this experience he has championed the [...]

Freelancers Union upcoming events


IN-PERSON SEMINAR: The News Isn’t All Gloomy: Marketing in an Economic Downturn
Don’t let depressing economic news get you down. Help is here, in the form of a hands-on workshop with a special discount. When the economy slows down, it’s time to ramp up your marketing: there may be no better time for freelancers to jump [...]

New era dawns at home of the internet


A network of supercomputers called the Grid will allow information to be downloaded quicker than ever. Tasks that took hours will now take seconds
Murad Ahmed, Technology Reporter, The Times
The dawn of a new internet age has begun. A network of supercomputers, known as the Grid, is to revolutionise the speed at which information is downloaded [...]



Entrepreneurship: My thoughts
- Keith Johnson 
We live in uncertain and definitely volatile times – to say the least. The financial markets and job markets are extremely unstable and now the U.S. Government has to step into the “free market” and offer a little bit of support to perhaps keep the international economies afloat. Things change in [...]

Last chance for you to help – vote today!


My organization, International Medical Corps, was nominated to be one of the Top 25 in American Express’ Members Projects, “Saving the Lives of Malnourished Children” and is in the running to receive up to $1.5 million to help feed hungry children.
There is only 1 day left in the voting and International Medical Corps is currently [...]

entrepreneur blog carnival


Welcome to the September 29, 2008 edition of 4entrepreneur.

Life. Money. Development. presents Acquiring the Habits of Highly Successful Students posted at Life. Money. Development., saying, “Expanding on how to hone our learning skills. Useful for school, business and life in general”



You are cordially invited to hear what one of the Dodgers most reliable relievers Jim Gott and his friend Dr. Gary Campbell considered to be an unprecedented  business opportunity in the field of health and wellness. We will discuss the importance  and  timing of this brand new company’s launch as well as their unrivaled anti-aging  [...]

Your Ideal Client? Marketing Ideas for solo entrepreneurs


 By Terri Zwierzynski
“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”–Bill Cosby
Have you ever had clients that were more trouble than they were worth? Maybe they were always late to pay, or didn’t do what they said they’d do. Maybe you just had a personality clash, or [...]

Turning Your Passion into a successful career: Interview with Ingrid Hoffman


The person that we are about to profile has truly turned her passion into a successful career as an entrereneur. Born in Columbia and currently based out of Miami, Ingrid Hoffmann is passionate about food and shares her talent and enthusiasm with diverse, international audience. Her shows are currently showcased in her Food Network series, [...]

End of an era


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — And then there were none. Federal regulators converted Wall Street’s remaining stand-alone investment banks – Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley – into bank holding companies Sunday night.The move allows Goldman and Morgan to scoop up retail banks and to streamline their borrowing from the Federal Reserve. The shift also is aimed [...]

Ashton Kutcher Launches www.BlahGirls.com


Francisco Dao recently interviewed Ashton Kutcher about his upcoming web venture.

Francisco is a regular contributor for Fast Company magazine. He runs Fast Company Buzz , Submit or Vote on his story ideas for Fast Company Buzz at his Feedback Portal .
Francisco will come on the 4entrepreneur tv show to share more buzz worthy companies and his take on entrepreneurs.

Planning for the Business owner


Join us for an informational seminar
 “Planning for the Business Owner” We will review many of the issues faced by the closely held business owner today.  Among the topics covered are: the impact the loss of a key employee has on the owner of a business, ways to reward key employees and owners, and estate planning [...]

Top 10 Business Plan Myths of Solo Entrepreneurs


1. Do What You LOVE: If you’ve chosen your business because you read that this niche was the next hot one, or because your favorite uncle (or your best friend) thinks you’d be well-suited for this business, you may as well pack up now and save yourself some time and money. If you don’t love [...]



If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting tooIf you can dream – and not make dreams your master,
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same
If you can make one [...]

10 Tips for Entrepreneurs Seeking Angel Capital


By Jim Roberts, special to WRAL LTW
CHAPEL HILL – So how should an entrepreneur go about winning investors? Here are my 10 recommendations – plus a bonus.
1. Get to know the investors before you need the money. This is a common piece of advice even if you are looking for a bank loan for your [...]

The Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs


Here is a classic post from Guy Kawasaki – there is a lot to be learned on what not to do if you are an aspiring entrepreneur.
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“Our projections are conservative.” An entrepreneur’s projections are never conservative. If they were, they would be $0. I have never seen an entrepreneur achieve even her [...]

Successful Companies Through Incubation


SoCal Incubators Serve the High Tech Industry 
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Early stage companies need to conserve their resources, and moving into business incubators designed to accelerate their growth offers one very attractive option. Business incubators reduce the risk of small business failures by offering not only affordable space – a premium in Los Angeles – but [...]

PR Tips For Green Entrepreneurs


Here is a well written article on marketing ideas for green entrepreneurs by MC Milker
There have been several articles on Public Relations blogs recently about the difficulty of promoting green businesses. In our current climate, thousands of organizations, big and small are trying to go, or appear to go green. Hundred’s of websites are devoted [...]

Networking Tips for Entrepreneurs


Here are some useful tips from Cliff Allen posted on his blog 
Entrepreneurs starting a high-growth high-tech business network somewhat differently from other people — and that was clear at the recent StartupLA conference.
StartupLA was organized by local entrepreneurs who decided that other entrepreneurs starting high-tech ventures in Los Angeles need a quick overview of key [...]

American Society of Young Musicians – Las Vegas Event


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Jarveee Hutcherson, the president of ASYM and MMPA (Multi-cultural Motion Picture Association ) is a supporter of 4entrepreneur.net and entrepreneur TV series. He was recently on our show. He talked about the goals and the mission of his organizations.

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Part III: Web 2.0 – the new wave of cool and practical Internet tools


In 1992, when Bill Clinton ran for the president, there were about 50 websites that mentioned his candidacy. Today, that number for a Presidential candidate would be in millions. With over 1.4 billion people online, the world wide web has become a large hub for global commerce, social networking and innovation. The web has also [...]

After Frantic Day, Wall St. Banks Falter


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Published: September 14, 2008
This article was reported by Jenny Anderson, Eric Dash and Andrew Ross Sorkin and was written by Mr. Sorkin.
In one of the most dramatic days in Wall Street’s history, Merrill Lynch agreed to sell itself on Sunday to Bank of America for roughly $50 billion to avert [...]

Tax Tips for Online Entrepreneurs


Here is a great article/guide for online entrepreneurs trying to figure out taxes.
By Tim W. Knox
When tax time rolls around, you can hear the collective groan of all the businesspeople who have to start sorting their financial records and finding out just how much they’re going to have pay the government this year. Chances [...]

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Web 2.0: Top 25 Apps to Grow your Business


Are you doing a good job meeting the needs of your small business? Keeping a good handle on finances? Networking? Do you have a system for organizing your marketing strategy? Do you even have a marketing strategy?
If you are running a small business, you know that to be successful you need to be a jack-of-all-trades. [...]

10 Startup Ideas VCs looking to Fund


Startup Ideas We’d Like to Fund
Paul Graham ( an excerpt of the original post written for ycombinator.com )
July 2008
When we read Y Combinator applications there are always ideas we’re hoping to see. In the past we’ve never said publicly what they are. If we say we’re looking for x, we’ll get applications proposing x, certainly. [...]

The Top 10 Mistakes People Make When Starting A Business


Here is a good post from youngentrepreneur.com
What are the common mistakes that new entrepreneurs make and how can you avoid making them yourself? Here is our top 10 list of mistakes people make when starting a business:
1) Not enough money.
The most common reason why new businesses shut down is that the owner runs out of [...]

Survival Guide for entrepreneurs in the Conceptual economy


I have been writing posts on the conceptual economy, especially on how it will impact you – whether you are an entrepreneur, a start-up company, a thriving business, or an employee of a Multi national corporation. It is critical to understand where you stand, so that you can prepare yourself accordingly. As the legendary Management [...]

Green World-Changers: The Plenty 20 Green Businesses


Plenty magazine has named its top 20 people and top 20 businesses who have made significant contribution to green technology and the environment. Here is the list:
Andrew Revkin
Charles Moore
David de Rothschild
Fred Krupp
Frederick Kirschenmann
Heidi Cullen
James Hansen
Joe Lovett
Kathleen Sebelius
Kevin Wall
Lester Brown
Maude Barlow
Michael Pollan
Mindy Lubber
Nicholas Negroponte
Peter Diamandis
Van Jones
Vinod Khosla
William McDonough & Michael Braungart
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America’s Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs



   56 top schools for would-be tycoons

The new hot major? Becoming a mogul
From undergraduate programs to associate degrees to MBAs, the study of entrepreneurship is on the rise. (more)

Best schools in your state
California is home to Silicon Valley – as well as many top entrepreneurial schools on FSB’s list this year. Find the best [...]

The McCain speech


Who is using social media?


source: smartbrief.com
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UCLA drills disabled vets on entrepreneurship


Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of Good Magazine and co-founder of Ethos Water, teaches a session at UCLA during the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans With Disabilities.

Former Marine Sgt. Shawn James has found moving from the military world to the business world a difficult journey.
Add a disability, and potential partners shy away in droves, said the 33-year-old [...]

The Management Development Institute


The Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Management Development Institute (MDI) for HIV/AIDS service providers is a one-week intensive program designed to enhance the management skills of program managers and leaders of African organizations devoted to the care, treatment and support of people and their families living with this disease. The program has been designed by world-class management faculty [...]

Challenges for Biotech entrepreneurs


Here is a report prepared by students at Kellog School of Management. The report is a student work but presents some key relevant data on challenges for start-up companies.

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New Frameworks for the Changing Face of America


Exploring Partnership Opportunities Between  the Local Arts, Business and Creative Sectors.
Presented by:
LA Stage Alliance
September 10, 2008
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Doors open at 3:00 pm with refreshments!
Hosted by:
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
350 S Bixel St.  Los Angeles, CA 90017
Parking and Directions
(Parking in the lot below the Chamber building will be validated.
Validation will be available at the [...]

Sarah Palin convention speech


Socially Conscious Venture Capitalists


Here is a good article on social entrepreneurship and the new wave of socially conscious venture capitalists who are more accepting to this idea once considered quite radical!
Julia Moulden 
Can you do well by doing good? A growing number of New Radical Entrepreneurs think so, and are starting ventures whose core mission is to make a difference. [...]

Why VCs Should First be Entrepreneurs, and Why Entrepreneurs Should Stay Away From Venture Investing


Nataly Kogan 
I’ve been an entrepreneur for a far shorter time than I was a venture investor. But I already know that I should have arranged these two phases of my career in reverse. I would have been a much better venture investor if I started and ran my own company first and I would have [...]

25 Internet Startups That Bombed Miserably


If the Internet could speak with one voice, it would probably groan “oh, not again!” That’s because every raving success story about Internet startups is tempered by dozens more that crashed and burned in a sea of wasted money, bad ideas, or unfulfilled hype. As venture capitalist Paul Graham writes, most of these failures are [...]

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